As you may be aware, this past week Governor Pritzker lifted the Illinois Mask Mandate effective February 28th. Therefore, starting February 28th Grace will no longer require anyone to wear a mask while inside the building. To be clear, masks will continue to be required for anyone over the age of two until February 28th.
A few important details:
-This change does not affect our child development center. Our daycare is regulated and licensed by the Department of Child and Family Services. As of today, DCFS has not made plans to lift its mandate.
-We will continue to respect those who wish to social distance and wear masks. We will have a separate section of the sanctuary designated for those who wish to wear masks and social distance. We will also continue to offer individually wrapped wafers and juice for those who would like them for communion.
-We will continue to offer online worship weekly. Our services can be found on our website (gracelutheran1.org), YouTube page, and Facebook page.
I recognize that there are a variety of feelings regarding this issue. I am grateful for the flexibility and empathy you have shown to one another throughout this pandemic. Most importantly, you have continued to love God and one another above all things. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. It is a blessing to serve as your pastor.